|Colleen Hamilton |
The atmosphere in Columbus was buzzing all weekend courtesy of the 60th NHL All-Star Game.
“I think the city of Columbus did a pretty good job putting on the event. The fans were pretty into it the whole weekend. They’ve been great all weekend - to have a full building and everyone cheering, going pretty crazy, it was nice.”
Two of the most anticipated festivities of the weekend were the Skills Competition and the game itself. Sunday night’s game drew a sellout crowd of 18,901 fans to Nationwide Arena to catch the Team Toews vs. Team Foligno showdown.
“Like I said before, I think the Skills Competition was one of my favorite things and it was fun to be a part of that. Obviously playing in the game was fun just to see the guys put it to work and get some pretty smooth plays out there - fancy stuff that you normally don’t see in games.”
That fancy stuff included 29 combined goals, the most ever in an NHL All-Star Game. You can watch all 29 here.
Before Friday night’s Fantasy Draft, Faulk said he didn’t have a preference about which team drafted him as long as it was the winning team. His wish was granted as he picked up two assists in the 17-12 victory, making him one of the 14 Team Toews players to tally multiple points.
“It was a good experience, like I said it was nice to be on the winning team. Just being a part of this whole event, the game obviously being the biggest part of it, was good. I enjoyed it. Hopefully I continue to get better in my career and come back sometime soon.”
The Canes 22-year-old defenseman has had a pretty noteworthy career thus far – including winning a National Championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, competing in the All-Star Skills Competition as a rookie, and representing the U.S. at the 2014 Olympic Games.
Faulk was one of nine Americans that played in this year’s All-Star Game; something he says highlights the growth of hockey in the U.S.
“Anytime we can get more Americans in anything, it’s huge. To be one of nine is nice. The more the merrier. It’s nice to see the influx start to rise more and more – grow the game.”
Faulk was joined by several of his U.S. Olympic teammates in Columbus, including St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk who complimented Faulk’s style of play.
“He really impresses you with how poised he is with the puck and how confident he is skating up the ice,” Shattenkirk said. “He always seems to make great decisions.”
In addition to being one of the nine American players, Faulk joined 11 other participants that are under the age of 25.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of one of these in Ottawa and I’ve met quite a few of the guys from the Olympics and stuff like that too. Hopefully I’ll have another opportunity later in my career to do this again.”